New Veeam availability suite enables the always-on business

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Veeam® Software, innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Modern Data Center, has announced Veeam Availability Suite™ (available Q3, 2014), a solution that ensures all applications and data are accessible whenever and wherever they are needed. In this way, Veeam is pioneering a new solution category that does what legacy data protection and backup systems could never do: enable the Always-On Business.

“The modern business cycle is no longer confined to five days a week, eight hours a day,” said Ratmir Timashev, CEO of Veeam. “IT organisations must make applications and data available to all stakeholders every minute of every day. This is the era of the Always-On Business. Veeam Availability Suite provides a new enabling technology that transforms the Always-On Business from a mere dream for most organisations into a reality.”

Achieving non-stop availability of applications and data has traditionally required a significant investment in fully redundant systems with instant failover ensuring recovery within seconds. These kinds of massive investments could only be justified for a few applications, so the vast majority of applications are served with legacy backup solutions that offer recovery time and point objectives (RTPO) of several hours or days, failing to meet the needs of the Always-On Business. For the first time, this significant availability gap can be bridged thanks to Veeam’s new category of solution, Availability for the Modern Data Center, which provides an RTPO of less than 15 minutes for all applications and data.

Veeam Availability Suite bridges this availability gap by providing five key enabling capabilities (all statistics below are derived from ESG’s “Veeam Customer Insights Survey,” published today):

  • High-Speed Recovery: Rapid recovery of what IT wants, the way IT wants it. 96% of Veeam recoveries are within recovery time objective (RTO) service level agreements (SLAs), compared to 78% for other solutions
  • Data Loss Avoidance: Near-continuous data protection and streamlined disaster recovery. 83% of Veeam customers are more confident in their backup than they were with previous backup systems.
  • Verified Protection: Guaranteed recovery of every file, application or virtual server, every time. 71% of Veeam customers report improved reliability of backups compared to other solutions
  • Risk Mitigation: Low-risk deployment of new applications with a production-like test environment within Veeam Virtual Lab, leveraging the investment made in backup and replication systems and data. 66% of users of Veeam’s monitoring, reporting, and capacity planning features find them better or much better than other solutions.
  • Complete Visibility: Proactive monitoring and alerting of issues before they affect operations. 71% of customers using Veeam monitoring and reporting tools say their risk awareness has improved compared to other solutions.

“Veeam gives us comfort and security we never had with other tools,” said John Ferguson, Network System Specialist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, one of the world’s largest cancer care, research and education organisations. “Veeam has our back every time. It’s a rock-solid solution that’s crucial, especially when you’re trying to restore something during an audit or for a critical business need.”

“Veeam’s Instant VM Recovery is amazing,” said James Richards, Virtualisation and Server Specialist at Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline. “When there was a problem with a VM that runs an important aircraft maintenance application, I kicked off Instant VM Recovery and users could access the application in minutes. When I transferred the VM from the Veeam NFS storage to our SAN storage with the application still running, users never even knew.”

Leveraging the modern virtualisation, storage and cloud technologies, and now integrating deeply with the leading storage solutions from providers like EMC, HP and NetApp, Veeam Availability Suite provides critical enabling technology for the Modern Data Centre.

New features in the upcoming Veeam Availability Suite v8 include:

  • NetApp Integration: Veeam’s Backup from NetApp SnapShot enables IT to create backups from NetApp SnapShot every 15 minutes or less with no impact on the production environment. Patent-pending technology allows backups to be completed 20 times faster than with competing products. Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots provides free VM, guest file and application-item recovery from NetApp SnapShot, SnapMirror and SnapVault
  • EMC Data Domain Boost Integration: Dramatically reduces backup window by allowing over 10 times faster backup file transformation and up to 50 percent faster full backups requiring up to 99 percent less network bandwidth. Support for Fibre Channel connectivity enables LAN free backup to Data Domain.
  • Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL: Lets users quickly restore individual databases back to the original or a new location, including point-in-time recovery through transaction log backup and replay, enabling precise restore of databases to a specific moment in time, or even to specific transactions.
  • Replication Enhancements: The new version adds Built-in WAN Acceleration with replication jobs, and enables users to perform replication from backup files, as opposed to the virtual infrastructure. In addition, IT administrators can leverage the new failover plans, and perform planned failovers to facilitate data center migrations with no data loss, further improving RTPO.

Veeam Availability Suite will be available in Q3, 2014. Pricing is based per CPU socket, includes the first year of Maintenance and Support, and starts at (for Northern America) MSRP $1,380 for Standard Edition, $1,863 for Enterprise and $2,626 for Enterprise Plus Edition.

Technology shifts consumer buying patterns and gives C level executives their biggest challenge yet

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Ever heard of the subscription economy? Already a massive trend internationally, this new economy has emerged as a result of the Software as a Service (SaaS) evolution and has inconspicuously changed the requirements for business software and how they work. This convergence is forcing companies to re-evaluate their delivery models and find a way of making it work if they want to remain competitive.

Quinton Pienaar, CEO of Agilitude a Salesforce.com and Zuora reseller, says that CTO’s need to overcome the technical, organisational, regulatory and financial issues that stand in the way of making a new delivery model like the subscription economy work: “ It is vital to respond to changing customer behaviour and build new delivery models. The subscription economy has already proved successful in a number of sectors such as software, automotive and finance.”

The rise of the SAAS model has increased the intimacy between vendors and their customers. As a result, these vendors know exactly who is using their software and how much they are using it. “Essentially this means that each company that embraces the subscription economy will have to successfully manage a direct multi-channel relationship with its customers. In essence, this means that the focus is no longer on a product or transaction, but on the ability to service the customer,” explains Pienaar.

He ascribes this change to shifting cultural norms, lingering economic challenges and steady advances in technology, which have helped make the value and convenience of temporary access more appealing to consumers than the intrinsic satisfaction they once derived from ownership. “What South Africa is yet to realise is that consumers will grow more comfortable with the idea of using rather than buying goods and services. They will soon expect companies to give them these options in a user-friendly and secure environment,” says Pienaar.

However, sound business principles remain important cautions Pienaar: “Building new delivery models must provide value to customers and positively impact the business’ bottom line. Sustained profitability must dominate otherwise the subscription economy will never work.”

Top tips for how to adapt to change in consumption and delivery models:

1. Do the numbers – a new delivery model will only work if there is a strong business case backing them up.
2. Cash is king – in a temporary access delivery model, companies rely on future revenue streams rather than big upfront payments, so be certain that the company can bankroll the transition.
3. Convenience counts – make sure your interface is fast and easy to use – consumers will only support these businesses if they offer quick and seamless access to goods and services. If it is not convenient, they will not adopt it.
4. Regulate the industry – work with industry-specific law makers and ensure there is enough structure to keep scammers and incompetents out, but not so much that it blocks efficiency and profitability.
5. Make sure it’s good – social media makes it possible for good and bad reviews to spread like wildfire. Consumers are hyper-connected and will want to share experiences, especially bad ones.

According to Tien Zuo, founder and CEO of Zuora, we live in a world where, again, it’s not about how many products you ship anymore, it’s about how strong your customer relationships are, and how good a job you are doing monetising those customer relationships. He says that this is the way companies need to think in order to survive and ultimately thrive in the Subscription Economy.

Pienaar agrees and says that getting this right is going to be one of the most exciting and differentiating challenges facing CIOs and CTOs for the next five years.

Friend or Foe app: keep your Facebook friends close and your enemies closer, says Kaspersky Lab

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Kaspersky Lab presents FriendOrFoe – a free app for Facebook that allows users to assess just how “valuable” their friends are, and even shows what others think of them. The app will reveal which of those hundreds of followers are genuine fans, who reposts and comments most in a user’s circle of friends, as well as highlighting threats to social network users, and how to keep personal information secure.

For those who like using various apps to analyse their activity, Kaspersky Lab has created a tool for collecting statistics about Facebook activity. FriendOrFoe displays how many videos and photos a user publishes, the number of likes received and lots of other stats that may be of interest to Facebook devotees. FriendOrFoe is currently available in English, Russian, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Mexican Spanish, Arabic, and Japanese. Kaspersky Lab promises to add to the list of languages in the near future.

“The largest social network in the world is bound to attract the attention of cybercriminals. More often than not, they are on the hunt for personal data and login credentials which they can then use to access such things as your mobile banking account. It comes as no surprise then that Facebook is the most popular target for phishers: in the first quarter of 2014, 79.5% of all social media phishing attacks targeted this particular service. Apart from the entertainment aspect, FriendOrFoe delivers an important message about the possible threats a user faces in clear, simple terms,” commented Evgeny Chereshnev, Head of Global Mobile Business Development at Kaspersky Lab.

Security advice from FriendOrFoe:

Photos:

The app prompts you to check any photos you’ve been tagged in – there may be some compromising pictures.

Check-ins:

The app lets you see if someone has checked you in without your permission and helps clean your profile of any unauthorised check-ins.

App permissions:

FriendOrFoe can review all the apps you are logged in to and show what permissions you gave them.

Search history:

The app will show you all the people or things you’ve searched for on Facebook. You can’t stop Facebook from storing this information, but you can erase it.

The developers will be continually improving the app’s functionality in response to user feedback.

SEACOM works with Level 3 to enhance Internet experience in Africa

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African end-users to benefit from faster access to web pages, music, videos and other online content

SEACOM is working with global network provider Level 3 Communications, which will deploy its content delivery network (CDN) nodes into data centres connecting to the SEACOM Pan-African IP/MPLS network. This underpins SEACOM’s commitment to enhance the Internet experience in Africa.

Using these CDN nodes, Level 3 will enable rich, high-quality content to be delivered directly to operators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that interconnect with SEACOM’s IP/MPLS network. For African end-users, this should translate into improved latency and faster speeds as they access media streaming, file downloads, web pages, music, videos, software updates and other popular content.

Mark Tinka, SEACOM’s Head of Engineering says: “We’re excited to work with Level 3 to enable our operator and ISP customers to improve their quality of service and provide a better experience to their end-users.”

SEACOM’s IP/MPLS network was recognised as the Best Pan-Africa Initiative at the 2013 AfricaCom Awards. By bringing content directly to the continent via Level 3’s CDN nodes, SEACOM is providing an even better and more comprehensive service to the African telecom industry.

Martin Ford, Senior Vice President, Sales, EMEA, Level 3 Communications says: “Providing SEACOM with Level 3 CDN connectivity in its Mombasa facility is an important part of our expansion strategy of working with select partners to enhance the Internet experience in the region.”

Rectron expands storage offerings with world’s fastest 6TB HDD from Seagate

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The Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 provides industry’s highest capacities at the highest performance for lower latency access to unstructured data

Johannesburg — South African ICT and consumer electronics distributor, Rectron, has announced availability of the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4. The 6TB hard disk drive (HDD) offers the fastest performance available for a nearline HDD and delivers up to 25 percent performance increase over competing drives – making it ideal for 24×7 bulk data storage.

The eighth-generation 6TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 is built on Seagate’s leading experience in enterprise storage and provides industry’s highest capacities at the highest performance for lower latency access to unstructured data. These drives deliver the winning combination of high capacity, high performance and reliability. Perfect for customers wanting to provide maximum capacity storage density to server and storage systems, the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD in its 6TB configuration maximises the data centre footprint.

The Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 is an important step forward in scale-out data infrastructures delivering supersize storage and enterprise reliability to meet the explosive growth of corporate and cloud-based data centres. It is available in an enterprise-ready SATA 6Gb/s interface for easy system integration.

“Unstructured data growth is doubling exponentially and will propel the digital universe to reach 16 Zettabytes of data by as early as 2017[1]. This will cause cloud service providers to look for innovative ways to store more within an existing footprint while lowering operational costs,” said Scott Horn, Seagate Vice President of marketing. “Seagate is poised to address this challenge by offering the fastest 6TB enterprise capacity HDD based on our proven, reliable platform meeting this never-ending demand in both private and public cloud data centres.”

The Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 supports the highest density storage per square foot in the industry and features a 50 percent increase in capacity over the last generation (4TB) nearline drive. Ideal for both replicated and RAID environments, the drive delivers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) for enterprise storage by providing the highest capacity available without sacrificing performance.

Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 Key Features:

  • Industry-Leading Performance — 25 percent faster than competitive 6TB drives.
  • Highest Capacity Available — Up to 6TB per drive for maximum density server and storage solutions.
  • Enterprise-Class Reliability — Industry-leading rotational vibration tolerance for consistent performance and enhanced error correction for accurate data storage.
  • Best-in-Class Security — Self-Encrypting Drives (SED) with Instant Secure Erase for easy drive disposal or repurposing and FIPS SED security options.

“Storage technologies and capacities are evolving as the volume of data continues to grow within enterprises. A top concern for IT managers is managing this growth and designing backup, recovery and archive solutions. The affordable cost per gigabyte of hard disk drives, combined with their reliable and fast performance, makes them effective for enterprise and cloud storage – and the prices continue to drop while new technologies extend the lifespan of HDDs,” says Spencer Chen, Product Director at Rectron. “Rectron is proud to be one of the first distributors to stock the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4. We’re confident it will address many storage concerns within the enterprise.”

“Cloud service providers across the globe are amassing terabytes of digital content each month and we expect this number to continue its aggressive growth in the coming year,” noted Dave Reinsel, IDC’s Group Vice President for storage and semiconductors. “With this immense appetite in mind — and looking at cloud architecture’s boundless demand for solid-performing and reliable drives — reaching higher capacities, like Seagate did with its new, traditional 6TB drive, should be well received by IT managers looking to meet their data centres’ soaring need for storage with the performance.”

The Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 retails for R8 099.00. For more information, please visit http://seagate.com/www/6TB_Drive.

[1] Source: IDC, “Where in the World Is Storage: A Look at Byte Density Across the Globe”IDC Doc# 243338, October 2013

 

 

The IT Infrastructure and Broadband Summit will put the spotlight on improving business connectivity

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The government has invested heavily in broadband infrastructure in recent years and speakers from the City of Cape Town and Western Cape Government will be at the IT Infrastructure and Broadband Summit to provide insight into the broadband strategies that are improving business connectivity for local organisations.

Confirmed speakers for this event include Leon van Wyk, Head of Telecoms for the City of Cape Town. Leon will be taking part in a panel discussion with Douglas Gelderbloem, ICT Infrastructure Manager for the City of Cape Town and Mohammed Parker, Deputy Director for IT, Strategy and eCommerce at the Western Cape Government to review the broadband policies taking shape on a local and national level and what these schemes will mean for bandwidth in the region.

Join us to hear the experts at the 4th edition of the IT Infrastructure and Broadband Summit on the 13 -14 August 2014 in Cape Town.

Industry leaders including, Chris Botha the Group IT Executive of Famous Brands, Angelo Clayton, IT Executive Business Partner for Pick n Pay and Lucky Masilela, the CEO of the ZA Central Registry (Operator for the CO.ZA internet domain name space) will also present their views at the summit.

Lucky Masilela will be participating in a panel that will discuss Fixed Broadband vs. Mobile Broadband. This session will focus on whether today’s mobile broadband solutions can support your business operations and how the options stack up on price and speed.

In between speaker sessions, Gold solution provider, Inobits and Silver provider WinMagic will showcase their solutions in case study format in 90 minute workshop sessions. Delegates will also be able to discover and compare the latest IT Infrastructure developments in the innovation display area where the technology developers from providers including Meso Systems will be on hand to discuss and exchange ideas with attendees.

Sign up to become a delegate and find out how to improve connectivity for your business. The 2014 IT Infrastructure and Broadband Summit is taking place in Cape Town at the Westin Hotel on the 13 – 14 August 2014.

For the latest IT Infrastructure and Broadband Summit news on speakers, industry providers and content, visit www.itinfrastructure.co.za or contact Marcia van Jaarsveld on +27 21 555 0866+27 21 555 0866 or marcia@kineticevents.net Follow @ITLeadersAfrica and @KineticEventsSA on Twitter for daily updates.

Bridging the gap between social media promises and reality

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South African brands that want to craft successful social media strategies should focus less on the channels that they use to interact with their customers and more on the human values that social media embodies.

That’s according to Mike Stopforth, CEO of South Africa’s social business authority, Cerebra, who will be one of the keynote speakers at the Acceleration Digital Ignition Symposium 2014 in June. Stopforth says that social media is potentially much more than a set of channels, platforms, apps and networks for disseminating content and interacting with consumers.

It could also be a platform for creating a more social business that is built on enduring human values such as authenticity, transparency, and genuine concern for and interest in customers and employees as individuals.

The challenge that most businesses will face in achieving this end is that it is “hard to scale humanity,” says Stopforth.

“Most companies are immense corporate animals with multiple businesses, divisions, product lines, and services,” he adds. “They find it difficult to represent a human approach to their customers and other stakeholders through one social media face such as a Twitter account.” This leads to what Stopforth describes as a form of “social schizophrenia” – the distance between what a company promises in social media, and what it actually delivers in real life.

Narrowing this gap is not a simple matter because it involves reforming the business from the inside-out to become more social, says Stopforth. This demands a fundamental shift in the way an organisation hires and manages staff, handles finances, formulates policies and governance, designs products and communicates with stakeholders.

Until the organisation gets all that right, it is important to manage expectations in social media channels and refrain from making promises that the business cannot keep. “A gap between the promise and the delivery is a far bigger risk than not making a promise at all,” says Stopforth.

During his talk in the Symposium, Stopforth will talk in detail about how social trends and technologies have changed the way people connect, communicate and collaborate, and what that means for businesses. He will also offer some ideas about the right questions for brands to ask as they make sense of this new landscape.

Acceleration’s Digital Ignition Symposium in Franschhoek will provide digital executives with practical insights that will help them to create successful marketing, publishing, mobile, social and app strategies for their organisations.

Other speakers lined up for the event are:

  • Elliot Reuben, Principal Business Consultant, Exact Target
  • Devon Tighe, Vice President of Data Strategy and Operations at The WPP Data Alliance
  • Steve Plimsoll, who is responsible for Mindshare’s global technology and data vision
  • Jeff Eales, Director of Systems & Development at BSKYB and is TV advertising veteran of nearly 40 years

Says Richard Mullins, director at Acceleration: “The theme of the Symposium this year is Know Your Audience – an area where the latest social media trends are extremely relevant. Companies need to tie social media measurement to business metrics that really matter to their organisations rather than getting caught up in the buzzwords. This will help them to drive tangible value from their social media investments.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to accelerate your digital world. To book your place to the Symposium, please go to http://bit.ly/1t8pIAN for more information.

FNB improves security at Fairland building with Bosch VMS upgrade from Jasco

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As one of the largest banks in South Africa, security is a top priority for FNB. When the camera system at the bank’s Fairland building reached end of life, increasing security risks and adding to operational costs, upgrading it became paramount. FNB turned to Jasco Security and the latest version of the Bosch Video Management System (VMS) to provide the solution.

The Bosch VMS was selected as the product of choice for the upgrade. This system offers a flexible IP security system architecture that is easily scalable and easy to manage, supporting up to 2000 high definition and standard definition cameras on a single system. After identifying the required solution, FNB went out on tender to select a supplier that would meet all of their requirements. Jasco was one of five shortlisted suppliers, and was eventually selected based on the tender specifications provided, including Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) rating, pricing and additional services and expertise. Jasco supplied and installed the Bosch VMS over the course of a week in late 2013, with changeover conducted over the weekend to minimise disruption. Jasco also provided integration services with the access control system, and is offering on-going support and maintenance for one year.

“The upgraded Bosch VMS solution has enabled FNB to leverage a number of benefits over and above the requirement for reduced operational costs and maintenance. In addition to enhanced security through improved reliability and greater storage capacity, this system provides an element of future-proofing, as it will enable FNB to take advantage of upcoming 4K UHD video technology,” says Shaun Bubb, New Business Manager at Jasco Security

Riverbed SteelHead 8.6 adds support for Microsoft Azure

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Riverbed Technology, the leader in application performance infrastructure, announced Riverbed®SteelHead™ 8.6, bringing the number one application acceleration solution to the Microsoft Azure cloud. Already available in other leading public clouds, SteelHead, with the addition of Microsoft Azure, is now capable of optimising and accelerating the delivery of applications across 90% of public cloud deployments. Riverbed also introduced, SteelHead CX 7055v, an enterprise-scale virtual solution delivering up to 1Gbps of optimised traffic for private and hybrid clouds. Enterprises can now expand virtualisation in their data centres to increase efficiency and lower IT costs, while also accelerating and controlling applications to and from every type of cloud.

“SteelHead is the dominant platform for accelerating business applications across enterprise networks. Our customers are now deploying applications in multiple clouds and scaling their network infrastructure to 1Gbps to ensure the highest level of user experience at all locations. SteelHead 8.6 simplifies these deployment challenges by allowing our customers to deliver consistent application performance across an increasingly dynamic IT environment,” said Paul O’Farrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager, SteelHead Products Group at Riverbed. “With SteelHead 8.6, enterprises can enjoy an enhanced user experience for the full range of Microsoft business apps and Microsoft Azure-based cloud workloads.”

SlideShare Presentation: Riverbed SteelHead 8.6

“As Microsoft Azure works to erase the boundaries between cloud development and operational management, we look to partners like Riverbed to provide the application performance infrastructure that optimises the end user’s experience when apps are delivered via the cloud,” said Garth Fort, General Manager of System Centre and Virtualisation, Microsoft Corporation. “In a cloud-first world, applications should be accessed and delivered quickly − without the challenges of application latency, competition among applications, and bandwidth restrictions. This is what’s required for the best user experience in today’s app-driven economy, and that’s what Riverbed is all about.”

What’s New in SteelHead 8.6

  • Now available for Microsoft Azure: SteelHead CX cloud instances are now available as a subscription-based offering in Microsoft Azure, making SteelHead available for 90% of public cloud deployments. SteelHead enables enterprises to host their applications with the cloud vendor that best meets their business
  • Enterprise-scale SteelHead for virtual environments and private/hybrid clouds: When virtualised infrastructure is required, IT can avoid multiple SteelHead virtual devices and simplify their network architecture with SteelHead CX 7055V, a new virtual appliance that can optimise up to 1Gbps of traffic. The SteelHead CX 7055v simplifies deployment in private cloud architectures and enterprise-scale virtualised data centres with a single virtualised 1G appliance deployed on a standard server.
  • App Engine upgrade for greater control over all network traffic: SteelHead users can now set policies and classes for over 1,100 applications. As a result, SteelHead now enables more granular control over all network traffic, automatically reserving bandwidth for business-critical apps and steering them on to low-latency, uncongested links. This allows IT to align application delivery more directly with business needs.
  • A higher-performance mid-range application acceleration platform: For mid-range enterprise deployments, the new CX570 and CX770 deliver higher performance and better diagnostics and are simple to upgrade at the same price as their predecessors, CX555 and CX755.

Riverbed SteelHead and the Riverbed Application Performance Platform™
Riverbed SteelHead is the industry’s #1 WAN optimisation solution that accelerates the delivery of applications to the branch and from the cloud, while allowing IT to prioritise delivery of mission-critical applications over the fastest networks. Riverbed is a leader in the latest “Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimisation Controllers”[1] and has been in the leaders’ quadrant for seven years in a row. In January 2014, SteelHead was recognised by InfoWorld with a Technology of the Year Award for the eighth time. Riverbed pioneered WAN optimisation in 2004 with unique innovations for application and data streamlining across the WAN and Internet to deliver the best end-user experience regardless of location, network or device while dramatically reducing network bandwidth.

In a world where application performance equals business performance, Riverbed offers the most complete platform to enable organisations to embrace location-independent computing, so that business objectives – not technical constraints – drive how applications and data are delivered. The Riverbed Application Performance Platform is a set of integrated solutions that give companies the flexibility to host applications and data in the locations that best serve the business while ensuring the flawless delivery of those apps to better leverage global resources, radically reduce the cost of running their business and maximise employee productivity.

Availability and Additional Resources
Riverbed SteelHead 8.6 andSteelHead CX 7055v are generally available now. For more information visit SteelHead for WAN optimisation online.

 

Steelhead 8.6

SteelHead 8.6

Productivity and performance with best-in-class security

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Get the ultimate combination of features to empower your workforce with the new Dell OptiPlex 3020 from distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC). Offering excellent value and outstanding performance along with best-in-class security, this budget-friendly desktop is designed to deliver reliable workplace productivity and peace of mind.

“The OptiPlex 3020 features 4th Generation Intel Core processors up to Core i5, as well as High Definition (HD) graphics and dual monitor capabilities.. However, the focus of this desktop is definitely around security. Data security is an organisation’s most important asset today, and the Dell OptiPlex 3020 give users ultimate peace of mind thanks to comprehensive security features. Trusted Computing Group (TCG) certified Trusted Platform Module (TPM) offers secure credential storage, a must with the impending Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act. Other features include Dell Data Protection Security Tools and Protected Workspace for advanced authentication and leading malware prevention,” says George Lodewick, Dell Commercial Product Specialist at DCC.

The OptiPlex 3020 fits perfectly into your office environment, thanks to a choice of two durable chassis sizes that allow it to integrate into any space, both of which have been thoroughly tested for durability. Tool-less serviceability helps to extend the lifecycle of these machines, enabling upgrades to memory and storage to be conducted with ease. In addition, Dell manageability features help to save time and deliver IT efficiency with Dell automated tools and utilities assist with deployment, monitoring and updating of systems. The OptiPlex 3020 also supports Dell Cloud Client Computing solutions including client hosted virtualisation and virtual remote desktop.

“The OptiPlex 3020 is the perfect choice for the enterprise space, offering stability, longer lifecycles and easily managed transitions in a budget-friendly, performance desktop machine. Security features help to safeguard sensitive company data, Dell services and support ensure successful configuration, setup and deployment of systems, and cloud support ensures these machines can support the changing enterprise of today and the future,” Lodewick concludes.

A range of complementary Dell accessories, including monitors, keyboards, mice and headsets combine with the OptiPlex 3020 to deliver a complete computing experience. The Dell OptiPlex 3020 is available immediately from selected resellers for a recommended retail price of R7 200.00 inclusive of VAT.

For more information, visit www.drivecon.net.

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